Independent and foreign films to be showcased in Prytania’s “filmOrama”

Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre. More information, via the event news release:

New Orleans Film Society and the Prytania Theatre present “filmOrama”
– – 7 Days of Films You Won’t See Anywhere Else – –

filmOrama, the annual showcase of new independent and foreign film, returns to the Prytania Theatre on April 20th for a week-long residence marking its third edition. “filmOrama has grown exponentially in the last three years. We have more films than ever and directors in attendance,” says New Orleans Film Society Executive Director Jolene Pinder. “Our goal is to screen movies that might not make it into other venues in the city.”

This year’s line-up mixes documentary and narrative films by internationally-known veterans like Abel Ferrara and Terence Davies with debuts by new filmmakers.

Watch the Oscars tonight with the New Orleans Film Society

The New Orleans Film Society is hosting its annual Oscar party tonight at Prytania Theatre, complete with film trivia and a costume contest. Meanwhile, the society is also looking for supporters to help purchase a screen and projector for an outdoor film series. Details on both tonight’s party at the Prytania and the “Movies to Geaux” project are below, via email:

“And the Envelope Please…” NOFS Presents Awards Watch Party This Sunday at Prytania Theatre

Join the New Orleans Film Society as we watch the Academy Awards® at the Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania Street) this Sunday during our annual Oscar Party! Walk the red carpet in your finest glam garb–or come dressed as a character from your favorite nominated film (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo anyone?

Prytania offers lifetime pass for info on spoon-thrower who damaged screen

“During this past weekend’s showing of THE ROOM, some jackass threw a metal spoon at our screen and punctured a hole in it,” wrote Robert Brunet on the venerable Uptown single-screen’s Facebook page. “Our screen is a special silver screen designed for our Digital Projector to give an optimum image. If anyone has knowledge of who did this, I will give them a lifetime pass to the theatre.” For some insight into a possible motive, see an explanation at the NOLA Defender website.

French Film festival begins tonight at Prytania Theatre

The 14th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival begins tonight at the Prytania Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. showing of “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,” equal parts biography of the singer Serge Gainsbourg and “a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.” Sponsored by the New Orleans Film Society and NOLA Francaise, the festival will screen eight French films — a selection of current comedies, thrillers, dramas and the latest work by legendary director Jean-Luc Godard — as well as the Hollywood classic “An American in Paris” through Thursday. For schedule and showtimes, see the Prytania Theatre, and for descriptions of each film, see the New Orleans Film Society.

Prytania Theatre rolls out the red carpet for the Oscars

With today’s announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, the Prytania Theatre made an announcement of its own: between now and March 3, the Uptown cinema will be hosting a full slate of Oscar contenders. The “Best Picture Series” is already underway with showings of The King’s Speech, which led the field with 12 nominations. Through the next several weeks, the Black Swan, Oscar-nominated short films, “True Grit” and “The Fighter” will all be shown, the cinema announced.

Film Festival to dominate Prytania’s schedule

Screenings of nearly 30 different films in the New Orleans Film Festival will dominate the schedule at the Prytania Theatre from Friday to the following Thursday.The schedule, available at the Prytania’s website, includes the sole showings of some of the festival’s highest-profile features: The Black Swan (by The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman), 127 Hours (by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle, starring James Franco) and festival opener Welcome to the Rileys (by music-video director Jake Scott, starring James Gandolfini of The Sopranos and Kristin Stewart of The Twilight Saga). In addition to an assortment of other features, foreign films and classics, the Prytania will also feature a number of documentaries with specific New Orleans interest, such as Bury the Hatchet (about Mardi Gras Indians), Race (about Mayor Ray Nagin’s re-election), Canal Street Madam, a showing of Harry Shearer’s The Big Uneasy and pieces on authors John Kennedy O’Toole and Walker Percy. The New Orleans Film Festival takes place at a number of other venues around the city, including The Theatres at Canal Place and Contemporary Arts Center. (See the complete schedule.)